State Sen. Butch Gautreaux will be the keynote speaker at the Louisiana University of Medical Sciences’ panel discussion Sunday about higher education and the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, or TOPS. Registration for the event begins at 3 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel on South Acadian Thruway.

Panel members will discuss the costs of higher education and the possible expansion of TOPS to give higher performance incentives for inner-city students.

The event will also honor supporters of higher education and Patrick F. Taylor, the founder of TOPS.